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GCF - Communion Amidst COVID-19:
Strategies For Inclusive Churches in the Coronavirus Pandemic
with Mike Walker

Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 7pm on zoom
Contact to get the zoom link.

Dear Friends,

We all miss in-person community right now, and feel the limits of gathering online. One of the silver linings of meeting on zoom this past year has been the fact that a number of GCF alumni have been able to join us from across Canada (and the world). It has been a joy that longtime GCFer Mike Walker can continue to be part of our community, and share his perspectives and gifts with us. This week he will offer reflections from his life experience and academic studies as a theologian of disability on our current situation. Here's Mike's summary of what we will talk about together:

Many of us in this community are church-goers, and all of us are discerning how we apply our graduate study or professional obligations to our spiritual life. The pandemic of SARS-COV-2, or COVID-19, has intersected all of our faith-journeys in a profound way.

Mike Walker is a theologian of disability, liturgist, and poet, and a long-time member of Graduate Christian Fellowship. This Thursday, join Mike and the rest of the ministry team as we encounter some significant research concerning church, community, and disability, discern how COVID has “changed the game” for members of church communities, and strategize about some ways that we can manage and mitigate the effects of the pandemic, both as friends of Christ and as lovers of Christ’s radical hospitality.

I hope you can join us this week.


Connection Details: Contact to get the zoom link.

Thurs Mar 4
Study on Job (2)
When good theology goes bad


Philosophy Club: Join others from WBB and GCF every other Wednesday this term, reading through complex texts. If you're interested in discussing the tensions of the spiritual life and would like to join in this small group, please email Andrew Tebbutt. No prior philosophical knowledge required! The next meetings are on Feb 24, Mar 10, and Mar 24 from 5:45-7:00 p.m.

Webinar: The History of the Black Church in Canada - 6-7pm, Feb 24, 2021
Details below, Register here. Hosted by the Black Anglicans of Canada

Upcoming Book Club: Join folks from other campus ministries on the last day of Black History Month for an important discussion of the book that Martin Luther King, Jr. carried with him everywhere he went: Howard Thurman's classic, Jesus and the Disinherited.  Sunday, February 28 at 8:00pm ET. Register via Eventbrite. 

Advocacy (practicing your letter writing skills)
Speak up about Bill C-7: The government is looking to quickly pass Bill C-7 on medical assistance in dying (MAiD), which advocates are concerned will put vulnerable people at risk, particularly those disabilities and mental illness. Please consider contacting your MP asking them to slow down debate and/or reject part of the legislation. Michael Buttrey has more info and links in his newsletter:

Speak up about Bill C-15: Send an email (or letter) to your member of parliament on Bill C-15 (on indigenous rights). For an email that you can modify and send (or even print out), see the CRC's Office of Social Justice's helpful page: Honour and Uphold Indigenous Rights - Support Bill C-15! (

Resources for Lent
a. Fast for the Earth.
A h
elpful resource and a manageable fast for guidance on faithful living in the face of the climate crisis. You can find more information here: (Feel free to share with others).
b. Meeting God in the Wilderness: a Lenten Bible Study with Sylvia Keesmaat, Wednesday evenings Feb 24 - Mar 31; $10 per session or $50 for entire course. Contact to register or for more information.

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